Had Yao, our beach on Koh Pa Ngan

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Wat Po - reclining Buddha.
Call 'm temples, Mandirs, Wats ... or what have you, after a while in Asia I've reached temple-saturation. Wat Po however, was worth the visit, if only for the impressive reclining Buddha: this gold leaf finished statue, 46 meter long and 15 meter high is out of this world. 
We played tourist for a day in Bangkok, a lay-over between two overnight train rides taking us from the Laos border down South to the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan. I look forward to the beaches.

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colour is not in the sunset
but in ourselves

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day after day
the monk on the hill
is keeping perfectly still

Practicing silence means making a commitment to take a certain amount of time to simply BE. Experiencing silence means periodically withdrawing from the activity of speech. It also means periodically withdrawing from such activities as watching televison, listening to the radio or reading. If you never give yourself the opportunity to experience silence, this creates turbulence in your internal dialogue.

Late afternoon, we went up Phou Si Hill to go watch the sunset. We climbed stairs to the hill top Chedi, That Chomsi, until we lost count. Judging from the moss on the steps, we thought we were walking the path less trodden ( the path less trodden gathers mo' moss ). But at the top, the booth requesting our 10,000kip per farang shattered that illusion. At the foot of the Chedi, a small crowd of farangs and a few Thai monks had already gathered with the same idea.

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let me take you down coz I'm going to
Luang Prabang

view of the Luang Prabang valley on the way to Kuang Si water falls

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At the corner of our street was this beautiful building, housing the Maylek Pub, where they serve Stella Artois. This is where they came up with the famous scene of Marlon Brando in 'A Streetcar named Desire', I think. I mean, it's possible, no?

PS/FYI for all non Belgian readers: Stella Artois is the number one Belgian beer, in sales volume, if not necessarily in quality.

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a little bit of history
a little bit of mystery

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the children solemnly waiting
for the ice cream vendor
where the ads take aim and lay their claim
for the heart and the soul of the spender

Day after day, the ice cream vendor rings his bell riding his bicycle up and down the streets of Luang Prabang. We met him on our first morning,  enjoying a breakfast baguette with butter and jam at a sidewalk table at Luang Prabang bakery. He stops, flashes us a wide grin and greets us in French. A farang walks by looking for a place to watch an ice hockey game. But on the wide screen TV inside, the news of former president Reagan's death takes precedence. A new day, a new town.

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